The highlight of our trip to Cambodia was, of course, catching the beautiful sunrise at the majestic Angkor Wat and marveling in the mysteries of the temple grounds. The experience was a bit funny because we weren’t prepared for the weather! We expected Cambodia to be really hot but we found ourselves shivering in a 14-degree temperature at 5:00am! Well, I say it was worth it:
I’m definitely going back to Cambodia to revisit these temples, but there are other things to do there too! We decided to dedicate a full day to just relaxing and experiencing Khmer/Cambodian culture by learning two things: food and ceramics.
We kicked off our first day in Siem Reap with a half-day cooking class at a nearby countryside village and spent the afternoon learning pottery and painting ceramics. Sharing some photos below!
Cambodian Cooking Class
Since the class was in a Cambodian village, we were able to visit a typical rural house to get a glimpse of how the residents live. After that, we headed straight to the classroom! In every restaurant that we went to, fish amok was part of the menu and we’re glad we got to learn the recipe! We cooked that along with the Khmer mango salad and sticky rice balls.
To book a class, you may contact SUM Chanthou of Beyond Unique Escapes: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pottery-Making and Ceramics Painting
Pottery is a common product in Cambodia which comes in many forms that are used for several purposes — cooking, storage, and home design. More than this, I learned that Khmer ceramics actually dates back to the Khmer Empire (802-1400s) and is quite different from ceramics in China, Vietnam, and Thailand. Pottery-making is frustrating for a beginner because achieving your desired product isn’t easy — I found myself saying “pen holder na nga lang!” after several failed attempts at forming a perfect flower vase! Haha. Still, it was so therapeutic!
To book a class and for more information, you may visit the Khmer Ceramics Center website here.
I really enjoyed our quick stay in Cambodia! The people and their lifestyle really intrigued me so i really want to go back next year to learn more about them.